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Vic Toweel

Full name: Victor Anthony "Vic" Toweel
Nickname(s): Dynamite, Benoni's Mighty Mouse, Benoni Buzzaw, White Henry Armstrong
Gender: Male
Born: January 28, 1928 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Died: August 15, 2008 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Benoni Boxing Club
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Boxing

Related Olympians: Brother of Willie Toweel.


Vic Toweel, along with his five brothers, was taught to box by their father in a corrugated iron shack in the backyard of their house in Benoni. Toweel rose swiftly through the ranks of South African boxing and won 188 of his 190 amateur bouts. He reportedly knocked out 160 of his opponents. Although he arrived in London for the 1948 Olympics with a glowing reputation he had the misfortune to be drawn against [Arnoldo Parés], the Argentine considered as the gold medal favourite and was defeated in the first series.

He turned professional shortly after returning to his homeland and won both national bantamweight and featherweight titles in the space of his first ten fights. In just his 14th fight he faced the veteran American Manuel Ortiz for the World bantamweight title and won a points decision to become the first South African to hold an undisputed world title. The first defence of his world title against the Englishman Danny O’Sullivan became notorious as O’Sullivan suffered a record 14 knockdowns before the fight was stopped. Problems in making the bantamweight limit contributed to Toweel losing his title to fellow Olympian [Jimmy Carruthers] in 1950 and a year later a rematch ended with the same result. After a defeat to the American Carlos Costa he announced his retirement, ending with a record of 28 wins, 3 defeats and a draw in his 32 pro fights. Toweel later settled in Australia.

His brother [Willie Toweel] was a bronze medallist in 1952 and later fought unsuccessfully for a world professional title


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Boxing Men's Bantamweight South Africa RSA 17T

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1948 Summer 20 London Boxing South Africa RSA Round One Match #7 2 1948-08-07 Parés (ARG) , Toweel (RSA)
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